Two north Memphis schools were locked down after three people were shot nearby in what police say was a targeted attack just after the noon hour on Thursday.
Hollywood Success Academy School and Promise Academy were put on lockdown as a precautionary measure after the reported triple shooting in the 1300 block of Bryan.
Neighbors heard at least 15 shots.
"There was a white car pulled up," said one neighbor. "So when the car pulled up, they just started shooting."
Investigators say the man in the car was wearing a ski mask, and he sped off after firing.
The three male shooting victims - a 19-year-old and two in their 30s - were targeted, police said.
The teen was taken to The MED in critical condition. The two older men were grazed by gunfire and were treated at the scene, police said.
The barrage of gunfire took place a block from both elementary schools. Memphis City Schools says the schools went into a precautionary lockdown after officials say they heard the shots.
Parents and family members headed to the schools after hearing the news, some taking their children out of class early.
"They said they had a shooting down here and three people," said Sherly Price, grandmother. "I just saw it on the news, breaking news, so I said I'm going to get my baby."
The proximity to the schools were a concern for police officers but they say everyone was safe inside.
"Definitely worry about that. That's the first thing I worry about on the scene," said Lt. Col. Wardell Smith. "But the school was, the kids are all in the school."
Investigators from the police department's felony assault team are handling the case.
"Unknown, right now. The three gentlemen hadn't mentioned on why they were being shot at," Lt. Col. Smith said. "They didn't know right now. We might know something later."
Pastor Jonathan Prince says Memphis patrols are working hard, but he wants to see more Blue Crush patrols. He says that it has worked there in the past and hasn't seem the same level of law enforcement of late.
"Blue Crush helped a lot and I would be good to have that presence back out here again because you've got people who are sitting in their homes scared on a day-to-day basis not knowingly what was happen and things like that," said Prince.
Earlier in January it was revealed that MPD wasn't fully using the Blue Crush program. But, the department says the program is fully functional again.
If you can assist police in this case you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH. Your anonymous tip could lead to a cash reward.
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